Kingspan’s high performance insulated panel and PV products, combined with next-generation battery technology, have been used to create a seamless energy solution for IM Properties’ Electricity Cost Neutral facility at The Hub business park in Birmingham.
The project is set to be the country’s first industrial and logistics space that could effectively benefit from zero electricity bills in the launch of its first Electricity Cost Neutral (ECN) building scheme.
The combination of Kingspan’s photovoltaic panels and next-generation battery technology made this the first EPC A+ non-domestic building in Birmingham, and potentially offset 115,956 tonnes of CO2 annually.
894 Kingspan Energy Rooftop Solar PV panels, with a forecast generation of 224,286kWhr, have been installed on the development. Estimates suggest that the building will consume and store 90% of the energy it generates through this solar array, equating to 201,857kWhr of ‘free’ clean energy.
The battery can also charge itself from the grid at times when the tariff is at its cheapest, in a process called peak shaving. The projected cost of this power is more than met through revenue generated by various services and schemes, in addition to the potential to exporting the excess electricity back to the grid, creating an Electricity Cost Neutral building.
Kingspan Energy Rooftop Solar PV was installed over a roof formed from 19,984m2 Kingspan Trapezoidal Roof Panels. These through-fix roof panels can deliver U-values as low as 0.18W/m2.K and are suitable for building applications with roof pitches of 4° or more after deflection.
For the wall, the combination of the classically-industrial profile of the Kingspan Trapezoidal Wall panel in Obsidian, with the striking half-moon finish of the Kingspan Curvewall created a clean, durable and contemporary aesthetic.
All the Kingspan insulated panels used on the project have a BRE Green Guide Rating of A+. By using both roof and wall systems from Kingspan Insulated Panels, a potential overall air leakage rate of 3m3/hr/m2 @ 50Pa or less can be achieved, therefore allowing energy use, carbon dioxide emissions and resulting costs to be reduced.
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